Is it Snowing Indoors?
It happens in homes all across the world. The cat walks into the bathroom and spots something too hard to resist… the toilet paper hanging next to the toilet. As he reaches up to touch it with his paw, he discovers a great new activity: toilet paper unrolling and shredding. Within minutes your bathroom looks as if a snowstorm has gone through it.
A cat may also develop an interest in in the toilet paper roll as a substitute scratching post. As he scratches, the paper continues to unwind and you’re left with a pile of claw-marked paper on the floor
What Can You Do?
What are your options for outwitting a toilet paper-loving feline? Here are some tips:
Before placing the new roll on the holder, squeeze it so the cardboard insert isn’t perfectly round. That way, when kitty tries to unravel it, the roll won’t spin around so freely.
Position the paper roll so it unrolls from the bottom and not up over the top. That will prevent it from unraveling.
There are child-proof toilet paper holders you can purchase that will prevent your cat from having access to the paper roll at all. You can find these in the child safety section of stores as well as online. Some have covers so the paper can only be dispensed when the cover is lifted. Others only allow for a few sheets of paper to be unrolled at a time.
Increase the Fun Factor
If kitty is bored, it will help to increase environmental enrichment so there will be other, acceptable activities. Set out puzzle feeders, other activity toys, open paper bags and other fun things so kitty will remain busy without getting destructive. Additionally, engage your cat in daily interactive play sessions.
Need More Help?
For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to Pam’s books, including Think Like a Cat.
Pam Johnson-Bennett is the star of Psycho Kitty airing on Discovery UK. She is author of seven best-selling books on cat behavior including Think Like a Cat: how to raise a well-adjusted cat – not a sour puss. Think Like a Cat has become known as the cat bible. Pam is considered a pioneer in the field of cat behavior consulting. In addition to her television series and public speaking engagements, Pam owns Cat Behavior Associates, a private veterinarian-referred behavior company in Nashville, TN. Cat Behavior Associates offers private cat behavior appointments on a limited basis. Pam Johnson-Bennett is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant.